Friday, January 29, 2010

Cheyenne River Sioux waiting disaster declaration from Obama

CRST awaiting disaster declaration by president Obama
Rapid City Native American Culture Examiner Evelyn Broecher
Photo: Chairman Joseph Brings Plenty
The first Native Tribe to officially support Barack Obama for president is now waiting for him to declare the reservation a disaster. According to a Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (CRST) press release, 3,000 utility poles were downed during recent severe storms. CRST Chairman, Joseph Brings Plenty, has declared a state of emergency. Thousands of CRST residents have been without water, heat, and electricity for six days as of this morning. Experts relate it may be as long as one month to restore power across the reservation. Wind-chill factors in central South Dakota have been subzero. Read article:

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